Southern US faces snow, sleet, freezing rain

North Carolina governor urges residents to get prepare for storm

At least one death is being blamed on the severe weather, and a winter storm warning is in effect in at least four states.

Maryland State Police in the southern part of the state have activated a snow emergency plan. Two Virginia state troopers' vehicles were struck, although no one was injured.

Interstate 81 in southwest Virginia became particularly unsafe as the snow fell so quickly that snow removal crews couldn't keep up, leading to several tractor-trailer accidents.

Winter Storm Diego will spread a widespread mess of snow, sleet and freezing rain from the southern Plains to the Ozarks and the Southeast late this week into early next week.

3 P.M. SUNDAY: As of 2 p.m. Sunday, a foot of snow covered South Boston, the National Weather Service reported. Some major highways are likely to get blocked as the repercussions of heavy snowing will carry on beyond the weekend.

Officials have urged motorists to stay off the road as crews work to clear them of snow and ice.

"Prepare for DAYS of impact not hours", North Carolina Emergency Management warned residents in a statement.

State police said it's important to keep streets clear so Department of Transportation workers can access roads. Melting snow and ice could result in slick road conditions Tuesday morning as temperatures fall and moisture refreezes, Cooper said at a news conference.

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More than 380,000 customers were without power in the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia on Sunday afternoon, Poweroutage.us reported.

Here at home, the National Weather Service says the cold and dry pattern looks to continue through midweek.

About 13 million people remain under winter weather alerts in Arkansas, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

The storm has already dumped more than ten inches of snow in part of Texas and caused flooding further south in Houston.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the country, said American Airlines would reduce its operations starting Saturday evening, with more than 1,000 flights cancelled on Sunday.

That's according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

The Charleston International Airport also was seeing delays for flights to Charlotte. He said 11 emergency shelters have opened across the state. "Substantial snowfall accumulations" are expected across the southern Appalachians and the adjacent Piedmont region of North Carolina and south-central Virginia.

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